for Vietnamese labour goes up in Taiwanese market
|Job seekers register at
a recruitment fair. — VNA/VNS Photo Huu Viet
HA NOI — Taiwan has
called for a further 20,000 foreign labours to aid the territory in
construction, infrastructure and manufacturing. The increase in quota is seen as
a potential boom for Vietnamese labourers looking to fill the demand.
With the opening up of the
labour market, the Taiwanese authorities have made efforts to offer broader
incentives and provide more favourable working conditions for Vietnamese
labourers working in Taiwan. Working contracts will be extended to six years,
from the three years previously offered and the contractual procedures have been
At present, there are
close to 80,000 Vietnamese workers in Taiwan which accounts for around 21 per
cent of total foreign labour in the territory. Six-teen thousand work in
factories, 2,000 are sailors and 60,000 are employed as domestic help.
However, there has been
concern that a number of Vietnamese workers have been terminating their
contracts and working illegally in other positions. Vietnamese labour companies
keen to stop the trend have been demanding deposits from workers in order to
discourage the practice.
In order to limit the
number of workers quitting their jobs, Viet Nam has issued Regulation 141/CP
which deals with overseas worker violations, according to Nguyen Ba Hai,
director of the Vietnamese labour management board in Taiwan.
The Taiwanese have also
adopted new policies to aid employees that have legitimate complaints against
employers, a major reason behind the number of absconding foreign workers.
At present, the Taiwanese
Labour Committee is encouraging Taiwan’s enterprises to recruit workers
directly without the aid of middlemen and the often high fees that accompany
them. However, most labour exporting firms in Viet Nam have thus far not been
able to win direct contracts.
The Vietnamese labour
management board in Taiwan estimates that Taiwan will remain a strong market for
Vietnamese labour, especially within manufacturing and technology. With Taiwan
seen as a high tech island, labour exporting companies should focus on providing
higher skilled workers to the island. The board has suggested that Vietnamese
labour exporting companies take it upon themselves to focus on vocational
training before taking labourers abroad.
Viet Nam has sent nearly
74,000 workers abroad over the past 11 months or 97 per cent of its annual
target, according to the Department for Managing Overseas Workers.
Malaysia, Taiwan, the
Republic of Korea (RoK), Japan and Middle East countries were the largest
markets for Vietnamese labourers. During the period, the RoK and Japan accounted
for nearly 8,000 Vietnamese guest workers.
The Middle East countries,
especially the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Libya, are considered a potential
market for Vietnamese workers in the future as they have huge demands for labour
in all sectors, ranging from household and construction workers to high-tech
However, Viet Nam still
face various difficulties in sending workers to new highly remunerative markets
such as Australia, Canada and Italy.
Over recent years, the
export of labour has become an important source of revenue for Viet Nam,
bringing in about US$1.5 billion annually as remittance from approximately
400,000 Vietnamese labourers working abroad. — VNS